Boston Pit Profile: A Guide for New Owners

A Boston Terrier Pitbull mix is a great choice if you’re looking for a social dog who can be active, affectionate and highly social. The hybrid breed is a mixture of the Pitbull Terrier and the Boston Terrier. It is also known as the American Pit Bull Terrier or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The Boston Terrier and Pitbull mix has a combination of both the more gentle, smaller Boston Terrier and the more aggressive Pitbull. What else can you learn about the Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix breed? This article will discuss the history and characteristics and give information about the breed’s health and suitability for family ownership.

Breed Details

Height: Between 17-19 inches

Weight: Between 25-60 pounds

Coat Type: Smooth, shiny short coats

Coat Color: Black, Brindle, Brown, Red, blue or Black and White

Temperament: Social, attentive, playful, alert, even-tempered, and cheerful

Lifespan: 9-12 years

History

The Boston Terrier Pitbull mix is exactly what its name implies — it’s the mix of Pitbull and Boston Terrier. Although they are very similar, the two breeds can be quite different in certain ways. An examination of both breeds’ origins will give you an idea of what to expect when you mix the two, starting with Pitbull.

Pitbull

Pitbull is a descendant from the English bull-and terrier, an extinct breed of dog that was a cross between the Old English Bulldog Terrier and the Old English Terrier. The English bull-and terrier was bred in Great Britain and Ireland for many generations, up to the middle of 19th century, for blood sports like hunting, cattle baiting and dog fighting.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier was born to the descendants of English bull-and terrier breeders who remained in England, especially those from Cradley Heath. Different names were given to those who traveled to North America with English and Irish immigrants in the 19th century.

The American-based United Kennel Club, (UKC), recognized the bull-and terrier descendents (often still used to fight) as the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1898. This name was not adopted by all breeds, as the American Kennel Club refused to recognize it.

The AKC eventually recognized the breed and began to call their specimens the American Staffordshire Terrier. These dogs were not to be used for fighting or hunting purposes, according to the AKC.

These dog breeds, including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, are collectively called Pitbulls. They are however, slightly different breeds. There are also some related English bull-and terrier descendants like the American Bully or the American Bulldog.

Pitbulls can be as tall as 17 inches and weigh between 30 and 90 pounds. Their long, whip-like tails and wide jaws are a result of their large bodies. They have a smooth, shiny, short coat, with pronounced muzzles and triangular-shaped ears. They are friendly and playful and can sometimes injure or kill people.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier can be traced back to its common ancestor, a dog breed that originated in Massachusetts in the 1870s. Rober C. Hooper named the 30-pound male dog “Hooper’s Judge”, after Rober’s owner. It was a mix of an Old English Bulldog, and a white English Terrier.

Hooper’s Judge and his descendants were further bred to French Bulldogs (small-statured bulldogs with short ears and short legs) to create what are now called Boston Terriers. In 1893, the American Kennel Club (AKC), officially recognized Boston Terriers.

Boston Terriers can reach up to 25 pounds and are 9-15 inches tall at the shoulder. Their prominent, black-and-white coats are shiny and short. They can also be described as “tuxedo-like” or “clean-cut.” Their heads are square, their noses are flat and their ears are pointed upwards. They have a truncated muzzle. Boston Terriers can be intelligent, active, and well-mannered. However, they can also bark aggressively or behave stubbornly toward other animals.

Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix is therefore a recent cross between two closely related breeds (Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix). The unique physical characteristics and temperament of the Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix blend or combine both breeds. We will describe them below.

Appearance

The Boston Terrier Pitbull mix will measure between 17 and 19 inches at the shoulder. They can weigh between 25 and 30 pounds at the low end, to 60 pounds for larger dogs. This could impact the size of your Boston Pit Mix if he was bred from either a large Pitbull Terrier or a small Boston Terrier Terrier.

Boston Pit Mixes are typically the first-generation descendant’s of Pit Bulls and Boston Terriers. Their appearance is typical. There is no way to predict how a Boston Pit Mix will look. However, the breed will have a short shiny coat, a strong walking gait, triangular eyes, and a full-grown size similar to his parents.

The ears of the Boston Pit Mix should be watched. They will either point upwards (like a Boston Terrier) or downwards (like a Pitbull). This could be a contrast to the face or coat of the parent animal. You may see the face as a Pitbull or Boston Terrier, with a flattened and squared shape. However, the face and other proportions of the body can be different.

The Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix will have a black, brown, bluish, or red coat with large white spots (just like the parent Boston Terrier). This breed may have dark areas of fur that are brindled (lighter colors against a darker background). The nose color is usually the same as the dark parts.

Temperament

The temperament of the Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix has been described by them as friendly, social, alert, friendly, calm, even-tempered, and sweet. This dog breed is active and social. It needs 30-40 minutes of outside activity each day (like walks, play or hikes). The Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix thrives on a strong, consistent command.

A Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix can be stubborn and aggressive towards other animals, especially if they are not accustomed to seeing them as friends or non-threatening.

Boston Pit Mixes are not able to handle long periods of time alone, which can pose a problem for people who live outside. Although this breed is capable of being trained to be a watchdog, their instincts may make it difficult to control them.

The breeding and nurturing of Boston Pit Mix are what ultimately determine their temperament. It is a good idea to inquire about the parents of a Boston Terrier Pitbull Mix before purchasing one.

This breed should be socialized with as many people and animals as you can. For families with older children who have calmer temperaments than those with younger children, a Boston Pit Mix is recommended. This breed can also benefit from being familiarized early with other pets.

You should also train your Boston Pit Mix to respond quickly to your commands, since this breed can be unpredictable around strangers.

Care

You must provide proper nutrition, training, grooming and exercise for your Boston Pit Mix.

Diet And Nutrition

Boston Pit Mix needs two cups of food per day. One cup is served in two portions throughout the day. Ask your vet about the right food portions to suit your dog’s weight and build.

Sources suggest dry kibble with chicken or raw pork as a supplement. Chondroitin, glucosamine and other supplements have been suggested for dogs’ joint health. However, it is best to consult a veterinarian first.

Exercise and Activity

Free running is a good activity for the Boston Pit Mix. It is common to suggest that the dog run for up to 40 minutes per day to maintain his weight and condition his circulation. You can combine this with games, brisk walks, jumping, agility, and other moderately intense forms of physical training.

Grooming

If at all, the Boston Pit Mix will shed moderately. They cannot be considered a suitable breed for allergy sufferers because their Pitbull parents are not hypoallergenic. If he is dirty, he should be washed but not too often to strip his natural skin protecting oils.

You can brush the breed up to three times per week. The breed should also be trained to brush his teeth twice per week. The grooming period should include gentle cleaning of the outer eye area with a soft, damp cloth.

Training

Training the Boston Terrier Pitbull mix is a must, starting at an early age. A firm command, positive reinforcement and food rewards are all important for this breed. This period is when a professional dog trainer should be used.

It is important to socialize the Boston Pit Mix with as many people and animals as possible. This will improve the dog’s natural social skills and its responses to other people’s activities.

Consistent potty training and crate training are key to the breed’s success. This training should be started as soon as possible and with the same dynamics as other training.

Health issues

Boston Pit Mix is a mix of two breeds that are susceptible to many health issues. The most common problem is obesity. Other health issues can also result from obesity. You must ensure that your animal gets enough exercise and food.

The Boston Pit Mix could be brachycephalic, which is a condition that causes a small, wide skull and flattened muzzle. This is a common physiology in Boston Terriers and can lead to brachycephalic Syndrome, which is difficulty breathing due fleshy blockages in an animal’s respiratory system. This can be exacerbated by exercise, intense heat, and stress.

Hip dysplasia refers to a condition where a dog’s hip joints are not properly aligned and rub against each other. This condition can often occur later in a dog’s life and affect Boston Pit Mixes. Other diseases of the internal joints and muscles, such as patella luxation and elbow dysplasia can also be present.

There are many eye problems that can occur, including glaucoma, cataracts, glaucoma and “cherry eye”, which is inflammation of the third eyelid. Gentle grooming can help to prevent some eye problems.

The Boston Pit Mix can also be susceptible to hereditary gastric and digestive disorders.

As family pets

Boston Terrier Pitbull Mixes make great family pets.

  • Highly social animals who benefit from regular accompaniment and interaction
    For families with older children
  • They are not recommended for younger children and should not be left unattended with younger children.
  • Seniors can choose a compatible breed if the animal is older than six years.

The Takeaway

The Boston Terrier Pitbull mix is a great combination of both Pitbulls and Boston Terriers. A Boston Terrier Pitbull mix can be susceptible to the different temperament traits and hereditary diseases of both breeds. However, they can still be a happy, healthy pet if given the right nutrition, training, and love care.

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